Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)

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Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our chili beer is made with five different kinds of fresh chili peppers. Rich pepper aroma greets you when the bottle is opened, followed by its satisfying beer taste and then subtle spiciness.

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Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 5 chile peppers, laggerish. Lighter mouthfeel, lighter colour, and a little too carbonated. Still some pepper aroma and taste.Would be greater with food.Must try but one dimensional, a germ killer.Can pour onto food.Drink lots of water afterwards.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a cloudy straw colored body.

S: Chiles and Habanero.

T: Chile peppers and Habanero. light caramel malts make there way through as well. Actually fairly drinkable. About 4 alarms lower than the Ghost Face Killah.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. There is what appears to be wisps of oily sediment floating throughout the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, chile pepper, and pepper juice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, chile pepper, and pepper juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of chile heat that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with pretty solid chile aromas, but the taste has an earthy quality that reminds me of unwashed peppers.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i should start by saying this is not my favorite genre of beer. however, this is a well made pepper beer, as they go. 5 types of peppers are used here, and you can feel the heat. it pours an unassuming pale color with an average white head. the nose is chili hot, with some pale malt backing. the flavor is in my opinion overpoweringly hot, not as brutal as the ghostface, but its intese capsaicin right off the bat. fortunately it doesnt last that long in its most intense form, and mellows with the malts until the finish, where it leaves a powerful heat on the throat and lips. i know some people get off on these, but this just isnt for me. the mouthfeel would be fine if it werent for all that residual heat. overall a cool beer for those interested, but it was just too hot for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of various chili peppers are present in the nose. I'm assuming these are the blend of Anaheim, Fresno, Habanero Jalapeño, and Serrano chili peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of the five varieties of chili peppers and has a strong dose of associated spiciness that persists and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend some heat to the mouthfeel and burn your mouth.
O: This beer is very hot and spicy, but if you can handle very spicy food like atomic wings it is manageable. This reminds me a lot like the brewery's Ghost Face Killah, except that that beer has little drinkability whereas this isn't nearly as hot because it doesn't have the intense heat of the ghost face chiles.

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Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; not much lace, either

Smell: Clearly the best part of the beer - the blend of the chilies comes through on the aroma; smoky and hot

Taste: Here is the downfall - this is a simple lager flavored with chilies; the chilies overhwelm the taste and there is nothing else to add complexity

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, almost watery, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting concept that perhaps goes better with spicy food or, then again, perhaps not

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (I think it was 12 fl oz) served into a pilsner glass at me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and abysmal retention. Colour is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: Yellow chilies, like the ones in those plastic baggies you get at In N Out Burger, and pizza peppers. A mild strength aroma.

T: Muted chilies, with some spice on the finish. It's decently built, and pretty balanced for a chili beer. There's some slight layering going on, but all around it's pretty simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. I'd die if it were coarse or dry. At least the mouthfeel provides some refreshment.

Dr: As my first chili beer, it's not bad. That said, it's too simple and boring. I do like the spice on the finish, however. Really only worth a try if you're a big fan of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and peppers with a mild caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of mild chilie pepper bite with some caramel and bready malt. Not too hot.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice chilie beer. Not too hot and quite drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles out quickly and leaves very little lace.

S - Smooth, bready malt with a sharp note of jalapenos. Smells kind of like nacho cheese.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a little bit of herbal hop character. The chili pepper flavors come on strong in the middle with lots of roasted pepper flavor and some subtle spiciness. The beer finishes with dry, bre

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chilies - specifically jalapeño and light amounts of the pickled jalapeño juice when they come out of the jar/can. There are some light notes of smokey chilies as well but you can tell there will be at least a little heat in this one.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit and cereal grain malts but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the chilies which basically overpower any other flavors from the beer. I can taste jalapeño as well as ancho chilies but I'm sure there are at least a couple of more in there - possibly chipotles. Overall the flavor is warm heat from the chilies but not anything crazy - you know there are chilies and it is spicy but it doesn't burn the mouth (disclaimer: I enjoy hot and spicy foods so this might be a touch hotter for folks not used to them).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Definitely one of the better chili lagers that I have had - there are better chili beers available but they are almost always much more intensely flavored styles of beer that can more easily support the chilies. I didn't find this one too hot or too intense but not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this has been revived, but either way, here goes the review:

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw color with 1 finger of white head. Beer cleared nicely & possessed very good head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness & ancho chilles

T: Rich smokey chilles up front. Chilles heat surfaces as this warms along with some honey malt notes. Finishes slightly sweet, a little hot & a little dry

MF: Creamy, medium bodied & perfect carbonation

Drank easy. This & Amicas chilles beer are the 2 best I've had. Would go great with Tex/Mex or BBQ

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in the sampler crate pack, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.
The color is golden hued with good clarity and fizzy soda-like come and go head. The carbonation rises rapidly. The smell is faintly peppery more earthy and vegetal than anything really but you get the sense there is some peppers involved by the smell. The feel is good with a nice balance of heat and carbonation with a mild hint of sweetness and very dry finish.

The taste is good, peppery and dry with a subtstantial heat in the pepper flavor with a very light grain flavor in the background almost chalky with a lightly vegetal pepper taste that lingers after the swallow. The drinkability is very good - nicely spiced and pretty nice when paired with food I wouldn't really want to try to have a session with Billy's Chillies though

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Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - yellow with no head

S - huge peppper aroma, jalapeno seems to come through the most, reminds me of kettle cooked jalapeno potato chips

T - cooked peppers, faint grains, some heat in the finish which is warming and no where near unbearable

M - light, smooth, spicy, well carbonated

This is a decent chili beer. It's a bit simple though. It has a great pepper flavor which I think could be utilized in a more flavorful beer to make something a bit more intriguing. I probably won't buy this again, but I did enjoy it for what it was this time around.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a beer....I don't think I have ever had a beer that was so interesting. The beer poured a nice clear golden color with white head that laced somewhat. The scent and taste was absolutely....PEPPER!!!! The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I am not sure I could drink alot of this....but boy o boy its tasty.

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Photo of Tone
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong chili, but not fresh chili, and yeast. Fits the style of a Chile Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong chili, slight yeast, and slight pale malt. The chili does not seem to be fresh, and is so strong as to throw off any hope of a good blend.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden pour with a thin looking head. Foam breaks up rather quickly, and light lacing as it drinks.
There is a chile aroma, green and partly spicy. Some light breadyiness is apparent, but not all that strong. A grassy undertone as well.
As expected, a chile taste. Green serrano pepper taste with some green vine. Some flower enters just as the end comes in with a good chile spice. On the hot side as it finishes, but tame.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is very similar to the juice you get in canned jalapenos, with some sweet biscuit malt also thrown in. The flavor is a mix of bread and jalapeno notes that burns the throat as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the better hot and spicy beers I have tried.

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Photo of weeare138
1.06/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap that dissipates. No lacing, or CO2 are present.
Smell is of chili peppers, and mexican food with a bad salsa gone awry.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas...not sure what else to say. I'm at odds and not really sure what to say.
Mouthfeel is hot...spicy, that is. Pretty gross. Sorry, I just don't have that much to add. It's peppers, it's hot, it's a spicy salsa beer. Hmmmm.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Billy's Chilies Beer is made with fresh anaheim, fresno, serrano, jalapeno and habanero peppers. As a fan of all of these peppers and spicy things in general, I am intrigued to try this beer.

A- Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S- The aroma is a lot of spicy chilies. Not much of a beer aroma, the aroma is more like the juice of all the different peppers.

T- The taste starts out with a simple malty base beer but the peppers slowly come in an create a lingering spiciness well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation and some spiciness from the peppers.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this beer for what it is. It is not a beer that you are going to sit down and want to drink all night but it is a nice change of pace from the regular beer. I'd be interested to see how this beer pairs with food.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- Timberline series. Anaheim, Fresno, Serrano, Jalapeno, & Habanero peppers.

A: A fizzy, dirty white head is slightly bubbly atop, and was quick to dissipate to a polished surface. Tangerine orange with a medium translucent quality ahs a misty haze of suspended floaties. Like the extra suspended material which saves this from a below average visual, most likely peppery remains.

S: Jalapeno and habenero peppers get noticed, light to medium intensity, no where near thier Ghost face killa levels.

T: Flavor had a quick sweet peppery start, some warming of heat moves in, Jalapeno and habanero come late on the swallow with a distinct character. Again managable, not over the top heat intesity like thier ghost face killa. I noticed the serrano, has a spicy mixture of sweet malt and heat that lingers with a gentle conclusion.

M: some heat, spicy and warm pepper with a light to medium body. The heat grows the longer you hold on glowing the inner cheeks with a kindering warrmth.

O: Overall drinkable, nice blend of peppers, a little sting on the backend, warming glow of peppers that make you aware but not uncomfortable. Its a chili pepper beer, plain and simple, it brings a modest display of heat range, limited range of complexity beyond the peppers and a novel approach that is somewhat decent but may fall a bit short of good.

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Photo of tigg924
4.7/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chili peppers

Taste: the first taste is sweet malt, then the fire begins with a big peppery kick. There are many different pepper tastes in here.

Mouthfeel: sweet start that does not last long before the hot pepper feel. Smooth, light bodied, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A well done beer is a well done beer and this is the new standard bearer for the style for me. I love the heat this one brings and I can feel the burn well after I have tasted my last sip. That being said this is a sipper. This has a more complex pepper taste to it than most pepper beers. I would have this one again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.

A: Pours a hazyish golden color. There are two fingers worth of white-colored head, and the retention is pretty terrible. No lacing is left behind. Not exactly a good-looking brew.

S: The pepper character is great: they're both sufficiently spicy and nicely fruity. It doesn't have the overdone spice of Ghost Face Killah, either. Not much else, but at least the chilies have a nice aroma to them.

T: Slightly fruity to start, with a nice peppery finish - this is hot, but not over the top at all. The problem is when you take away the chilies from the rest of the beer. The base beer is more or less a blank canvas, providing nothing else but a way to showcase the chili spice. At the end of the day, I want more than just a nice heat.

M: Good body, perhaps too much body in fact. The chili heat keeps the finish moderately dry, at least. Carbonation is low - this could certainly stand to be a bit stronger.

O: While it's pretty insipid, I think this would make a fantastic chili adjunct - it's not over the top like Ghost Face Killah, yet still brings a wonderful pepper character. Too bad that's its only real note to speak of. Try it once, if you want.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a medium gold color with a thin, limpid white foam. I usually give chile beers a break on the appearance of the foam due to the oils from the peppers always preventing a nice, stabilized head.

Nose has a few different pepper aromas I can pick out, definitely has the earthy green chilies (Hatch or Aneheim), sharp habanero and the seedy smell of a jalapeño. Really not much else beyond the peppers are detectable, which is pretty typical of the style when using some sort of golden lager as the base.

Let me preface this by saying I am a pretty big fan of chile beers, I have even brewed them a time or two myself. This one has got quite a bit of heat, not surprised if they did indeed use any amount of habanero and/or serrano. There is some mild, sweet grainy malts up front coupled with a nice earthy pepper flavor. The finish does have a little bitterness to it, but quickly followed up by some heat...and not just a bit. The heat really does not stay in the mouth, but rather migrates to the back of the throat and lingers there for quite some time. I like it, and feel it ranks above average for the style. Might be a tad too hot though, as just as much pepper flavor can be achieved without the fire.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, golden yellow body with good clarity. The head is white and thick (initially) but rapidly reduces to a thin white head on top of the beer and some lacing down the glass.

The scent is initially light malt in character, but a good green chili and hot pepper aroma rises to the occasion as the beer settles in the glass.

Taste is much like the smell. Pleasant pepperish notes, not overly hot or extreme in character. Mouthfeel is medium and soft.

This is a great chili beer, perfect to have with some hot wings, a bowl of chili (surprise!), or as a compliment to any other spicy food you might like.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not my kinda thang, but i feel I should review it for what it is... and for what it is, its a good enough beer.

Pours a somewhat very light copper colour, looks to be unfiltered or maybe theres fine bits of peppers..who knows? Heads thin, dissappears quickly.

Smells like a lager, only spicier.

Tastes like a light ale, and there is some significant spice that hits you on the finish. May not be the most pleasant, but it tasted and did exactly as im sure it was supposed to. It's a chile beer for christs sake! What did you expect it to taste like? Made with 5 peppers, its rather tame compared to what im sure could have been, but it's unfortunate that people are ripping it because of the spice.

Feels light in body, thats about it, but its not bad.

This is like a typical but spicy lager, but the spicy flavors add enough to pull it above a typical beer and make it interesting. If you like spicy things, give this a go with out question. I am in no way a parishioner of spicy anything, but I find this to be a welcomed oddity to my usually fair. May not be heaven, may lean toward hell in essence, but its worth a try no matter where your faith lies.

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